IELTS ( International English Language Testing System) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) are two of the most widely respected English-language tests in the world. Pedagoge brings you an informative post on the differences and similarities between the two tests to help you make an informed decision about which one to take based on your aptitude and requirement.
|Why take the Test||There are two types of the IELTS test(s)-
1) IELTS Academic: The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English-Speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training.
2) IELTS General Training: The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.
TOEFL is recognized by more than 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the United States.
Other organizations rely on TOEFL scores as well:
1) Immigration departments use them to issue residential and work visas
2) Medical and licensing agencies use them for professional certification purposes
3) Individuals use them to measure their progress in learning English
|Location||The British Council offers IELTS tests in 42 locations in India. For more information on the test-centers click here.||The TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the internet, is offered more than 50 times a year at authorized test centers around the world. Here is more information on test centres.|
|Validity||IELTS results are valid for 2 years after the test date.||
Results are valid for 2 years after the test date.
IELTS test administered after 01 April 2017 is INR 11,800
|Registration fee in India– US $180 (Registration Fees vary by country.)|
|Duration||The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.||The total test duration is 4.5 hours.|
|Scoring||Test takers receive a band score between 1 to 9 on each of the 4 modules: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.||The scores are generated on a scale of 0-120.|
|Format||The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests (Academic and General Training) but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differ. The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day. However, the Speaking test can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests.
During the test, the candidates are asked to perform tasks that combine your English communication skills, such as:
Your decision of taking either of the two tests should depend on various factors like the purpose ( academic or immigration), ease of understanding various English dialects, aptitude with multiple choice questions etc. Make sure you evaluate all the parameters before deciding which one to take.